You have probably heard about waste management and segregation way too many times. You must already know by now that proper waste management helps a lot in addressing issues on climate change and making our surroundings clean, safe and healthy to live in. The question really is – have you already begun doing your part?
This is not just a one-time thing. It’s not like you’re gathering all recyclable materials today and separating them from other useless trash then tomorrow, you’re back to throwing all kinds of things in the garbage. Proper waste management is a commitment and must be done continuously. The government can only do so much in helping us. If you want to help in making a positive change in this world, the change should start within you. It’s fairly simple and doesn’t really require a lot of effort though. If you consistently manage your waste in your home every single day, you will get used to it and it becomes part of your lifestyle. Remember, it’s all about self-discipline and genuine concern for the future generation.
A Few Trash Cans for Different Kinds of Waste
A good start is by having several different trash cans standing side by side in your home. You can have large garbage cans outside your home so you can use small ones indoors that wouldn’t take a lot of space. Label these cans or use different colors of garbage bags for each. You can have one for paper, plastic and other dry recyclable materials, another one for non-recyclable but non-biodegradable materials and a third for biodegradable waste. You also need to separate hazardous material that could place your home in danger such as old batteries, paint, chemicals and more.
Create Your Own Compost
If you have space in your garden or your backyard, you can dig an area where you can place waste that can be used to make compost. If you live in an apartment complex or building or a home without a yard where you can dig for compost, you can just use a compost bin where you can keep the waste. You can easily find techniques and tips online to teach you how to create compost without having to worry about odor or flies and other insects infesting your home.
Even if you have a garbage disposal in your kitchen sink, all big-brand garbage disposals online show us that you can’t really place large and very hard items there so composting is still recommended. Regular cleaning and proper maintenance of your garbage disposal is also needed and all the waste material you can get from there may also be placed on your compost. Before you know it, you can use this compost material as fertilizer, just empty out the bin and start over again. But then again, if you don’t have a garden and you don’t need fertilizer, coordinate with your local garbage or waste management system on how you can properly dispose of your compost.
Earn through Recycling
It’s no longer even a mystery that there’s money in trash. Gather cans in one bag, plastic bottles in another, pile up and tie newspapers together and don’t throw boxes and dry cartons along with other trash. You can check with your local recycling center because you can usually exchange what could have been garbage to money. However, don’t expect too much because the cost of an entire bag of recyclables could just be some cents or a few dollars. If you want to earn more and you’re the creative type, there are endless possibilities of things you can do with plastic, glass and some old boxes! Just check on Pinterest and you would be amazed how people managed to DIY a lot of things out of recycled material and even make money from them.
More than thinking about the money though, the mere fact that you will start segregating your garbage and be concerned about waste management is already a big step. In your own little way, you will indeed be able to help make the world a better place.